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2020-09-25 3:46:45 PM  
Hollywood are a bunch of socialists. News at 4:20
 
2020-09-25 6:20:08 PM  
They also said paying the author was too expensive.

I never understood that movie. It was meant to be feel good, but once you have child rape and people having their legs blown off, I'd it really that feel good?
 
2020-09-25 6:25:40 PM  
His brother doubled for some the running scenes because they run about the same way and it let them get the filming done faster. I have no idea if Jim got paid out of Tom's pocket. I just thought that was interesting
 
2020-09-25 6:26:58 PM  

nigeman: They also said paying the author was too expensive.

I never understood that movie. It was meant to be feel good, but once you have child rape and people having their legs blown off, I'd it really that feel good?


Jenny and Lt. Dan both find their peace.
 
2020-09-25 6:27:47 PM  
Always hilarious when a studio says they "can't afford it."
 
2020-09-25 6:29:29 PM  
I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.
 
2020-09-25 6:36:27 PM  
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2020-09-25 6:38:09 PM  

LrdPhoenix: I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.


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2020-09-25 6:56:02 PM  
It is my least favorite part of movie. I don't think it adds anything to the Forrest character.  In fact,
it's antithetical to Forrest.
 
2020-09-25 7:00:20 PM  

nigeman: They also said paying the author was too expensive.

I never understood that movie. It was meant to be feel good, but once you have child rape and people having their legs blown off, I'd it really that feel good?


"Better him than me"?
 
2020-09-25 7:00:42 PM  
a friend was in college at NAU (Flagstaff, AZ) when word got out, "we need hundreds of extras for Tom Hanks film".  they lined the streets in downtown and as she says, a "raggedy ass, homeless looking Tom Hanks" was there.  over several hours, she says, they filmed like, whatever, 15-20 takes of Tom Hanks running down San Francisco street.  "They were all the same exact thing....I don't know why they had to do so many, and there were these 30 minute, 45 minute waits between takes.  I don't know why they did so many and why they had to wait so long between takes."

she also said there was a crew/production member there, and she asked what the movie was about.  the guy was like, "uhh......we really can't say but....Tom runs a lot."
 
2020-09-25 7:17:31 PM  

ZMugg: LrdPhoenix: I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.

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I mean, that's what TFA says, no?
 
2020-09-25 7:34:11 PM  

Palined Parenthood: ZMugg: LrdPhoenix: I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.

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I mean, that's what TFA says, no?


It doesn't make it any less laughable.
 
2020-09-25 7:36:06 PM  

rickythepenguin: I don't know why they did so many and why they had to wait so long between takes."


I was an extra in a movie, it took place in a college, so there were at least 100 extras playing college kids.  The day I worked they filmed the star as he walked down a flight of stairs after class.

We shot for maybe 10 hours, the exact same scene, him walking down a flight of stairs and out the door.

The scene was cut from the movie.

That's why movies are so damn expensive.
 
2020-09-25 7:42:04 PM  

buntz: rickythepenguin: I don't know why they did so many and why they had to wait so long between takes."

I was an extra in a movie, it took place in a college, so there were at least 100 extras playing college kids.  The day I worked they filmed the star as he walked down a flight of stairs after class.

We shot for maybe 10 hours, the exact same scene, him walking down a flight of stairs and out the door.

The scene was cut from the movie.

That's why movies are so damn expensive.


Classic example regarding "Heaven's Gate": As an example of Cimino's fanatical attention to detail, a street built to his precise specifications had to be torn down and rebuilt because it reportedly "didn't look right." The street in question needed to be six feet wider; the set construction boss said it would be cheaper to tear down one side and move it back six feet, but Cimino insisted that both sides be dismantled and moved back three feet, then reassembled.

More here.
 
2020-09-25 7:45:18 PM  

LrdPhoenix: I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.


Taking less of their upfront fee and having that go into the budget is paying out of their own pocket. They gave up guaranteed money .

There's no guarantee any film is going to be a hit, so giving up a fee in lieu of a piece of gross profits is a gamble. Had the movie gotten bad reviews and tanked, Hanks and Zemeckis were out the money they could have kept if they hadn't shot the running scene.
 
2020-09-25 7:55:36 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: It is my least favorite part of movie. I don't think it adds anything to the Forrest character.  In fact,
it's antithetical to Forrest.


I think it was about the running trend of the 70s. But yeah you can cut it and not be without anything important other than the poop happens moment.
 
2020-09-25 7:56:46 PM  

LrdPhoenix: I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.


Yeah. Oddly enough, Zemeckis just told the story on Maron. He said Hanks paid out of pocket and got a bigger chunk of the profits and subsequently made a whole lot more, in addition to a much better movie.
 
2020-09-25 7:57:37 PM  

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2020-09-25 7:58:24 PM  
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buntz: The scene was cut from the movie.


Yup, the scene she saw didn't make the final cut. This scene, filmed within days either way, did. Hanks running through Monument Valley, about 2-3 hours away from Flagstaff.

ZMugg: As an example of Cimino's fanatical attention to detail, a street built to his precise specifications had to be torn down and rebuilt because it reportedly "didn't look right."



semi-related, David Fincher's incredible "Zodiac" film (i'm a Zodiac buff), he wanted permission to film at the Washington and Cherry *actual*, *actual* location of the Paul Lee Stine murder. The city kicked it to the homeowners, who it turns out, 35 years on, still hated the notoriety, said no. He had his movie team digitally measure the houses, "age regressed" the trees to what they probably looked like in 1969, and even digitally redid the mail boxes and fire hydrants, which had evidently been moved.

So ironically, in 'losing' the actual site, he was able to digitally recreate it to period exact detail, whereas had he been given permission, it would have been the authentic location but not visually 'authentic'.


(About a decade ago I was in San franciso and went to the location. 11pm at night. I walked where Z did, saw the window where the kids after hearing a gunshot, looked out and saw Z wiping down the cab, then walking north. I literally walked where Z did, and where the cops saw him without knowing it was him, as the call was mistakenly sent to patrol units for a Black man, not a White man. One of the few confirmed sightings of Z, but the cops only caught the mistake days later and wrote new reports. can you imagine trying to give a description of someone you never really quite saw, 2,3,4 days after you saw them, without them being on your radar?)

I was the only person there. COld pacific wind rushing in. I got freaked out and ended up running as fast as I could back to the main, populated streets.
 
2020-09-25 8:00:14 PM  

invictus2: pay for a reboot of bosom buddies you hack

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Something of a sort was tried a few years ago, it was canceled in more ways than one pretty quickly.
 
2020-09-25 8:03:58 PM  

CaptainFatass: invictus2: pay for a reboot of bosom buddies you hack

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Something of a sort was tried a few years ago, it was canceled in more ways than one pretty quickly.


was aware very cringey
wasn't it on abc?
 
2020-09-25 8:08:38 PM  

invictus2: CaptainFatass: invictus2: pay for a reboot of bosom buddies you hack

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Something of a sort was tried a few years ago, it was canceled in more ways than one pretty quickly.

was aware very cringey
wasn't it on abc?


I've been trying to remember the particulars of it ever since I read your post, and I'm coming up a little blank. I remember seeing a preview of it and thinking "Yeah this is a very bad idea."
 
2020-09-25 8:10:50 PM  

invictus2: CaptainFatass: invictus2: pay for a reboot of bosom buddies you hack

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Something of a sort was tried a few years ago, it was canceled in more ways than one pretty quickly.

was aware very cringey
wasn't it on abc?


Ah, yes, a little Googling revealed it--yes, ABC. The series (what there was of it) was called Work It.
 
2020-09-25 8:35:28 PM  

nigeman: They also said paying the author was too expensive.

I never understood that movie. It was meant to be feel good, but once you have child rape and people having their legs blown off, I'd it really that feel good?


I would not call it a "feel good" movie, really.  Bittersweet at best.  As Forrest stumbles through the latter half of the twentieth century, often doing the right thing without realizing it or understanding the repercussions, he is telling the story of America stumbling through the latter half of the twentieth century though not quite as innocently.
 
2020-09-25 9:09:10 PM  
"We can't afford it!" the studio executive bellowed when he looked up from the mountainous pile of coke and call girls he had aboard his yacht.
 
2020-09-25 9:35:42 PM  
Wow, what a timely reveal.
 
2020-09-25 9:37:40 PM  

invictus2: pay for a reboot of bosom buddies you hack

/ jk

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Close enough.
 
2020-09-25 10:13:32 PM  
It's one of my favorite scenes in the movie. He's not running to think about anything, he's not running away from anything, he's just running because he likes it and he was sad before.
 
2020-09-25 10:29:46 PM  
The most pointless thing in the movie.  It served no purpose and went on for too long.  It's really my only complaint about that movie, I'll watch it anytime it's on which is often.
 
2020-09-25 11:06:10 PM  

azwethnkweiz: The most pointless thing in the movie.  It served no purpose and went on for too long.  It's really my only complaint about that movie, I'll watch it anytime it's on which is often.


Yet there are two things that come immediately to mind to most people when they think of that movie: "Run, Forrest, Run!" and "Life is like a box of chocolates." It's a movie with a ton of great scenes, but just saying, those are the two that stayed with people.
 
2020-09-26 7:20:20 AM  

CaptainFatass: azwethnkweiz: The most pointless thing in the movie.  It served no purpose and went on for too long.  It's really my only complaint about that movie, I'll watch it anytime it's on which is often.

Yet there are two things that come immediately to mind to most people when they think of that movie: "Run, Forrest, Run!" and "Life is like a box of chocolates." It's a movie with a ton of great scenes, but just saying, those are the two that stayed with people.


Run forest run isn't from the cross country scene.  The whole sequence was pointless.
 
2020-09-26 10:20:44 AM  

stoli n coke: LrdPhoenix: I don't know if he paid for it out of pocket.  It sounds like they struck a deal with the studio to take less in upfront pay in order to free up budget to pay for it, in exchange for a greater percentage of profit.

Taking less of their upfront fee and having that go into the budget is paying out of their own pocket. They gave up guaranteed money .

There's no guarantee any film is going to be a hit, so giving up a fee in lieu of a piece of gross profits is a gamble. Had the movie gotten bad reviews and tanked, Hanks and Zemeckis were out the money they could have kept if they hadn't shot the running scene.


When you see big name stars appear in oddball movies, often they agreed to appear for no salary at all, only a percentage of the gross, because they thought the story or the concept was cute and felt like doing it.  That's how you get movies like Twins.

On the other hand, Donald Sutherland insisted on a fixed salary for playing a few scenes in Animal House, and missed the chance to make out like a bandit on its runaway success.
 
2020-09-26 12:07:57 PM  

azwethnkweiz: CaptainFatass: azwethnkweiz: The most pointless thing in the movie.  It served no purpose and went on for too long.  It's really my only complaint about that movie, I'll watch it anytime it's on which is often.

Yet there are two things that come immediately to mind to most people when they think of that movie: "Run, Forrest, Run!" and "Life is like a box of chocolates." It's a movie with a ton of great scenes, but just saying, those are the two that stayed with people.

Run forest run isn't from the cross country scene.  The whole sequence was pointless.


John Waters talked about how people complained that "Pink Flamingos" wasn't like "Cry Baby". He said that they could have just turned it off. That's what he did when Forrest started running.
 
2020-09-26 12:09:38 PM  
It may have been "Serial Mom" not "Cry Baby", I'm not sure.
 
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